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Keeping Pace

Kinser Captures World of Outlaws Pike County Thriller

Steve Kinser celebrates his New York 25 victory. (Photo courtesy of Jay Fish)
Steve Kinser celebrates his New York 25 victory. (Photo courtesy of Jay Fish)

Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion, drove his Tony Stewart-owned Bass Pro Shops sprinter to victory on Friday night.

Courtesy: WoO Media Relations

MAGNOLIA, Miss. — Feb. 25, 2011 — Steve Kinser held off Jason Sides and Cody Darrah
in an edge-of-your-seat World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series thriller on Friday night
at Pike County Speedway.

Kinser took the lead on lap 12 of the 35-lap feature in his Bass Pro Shops/J.D.
Byrider/Chevrolet/Maxim, but Sides and Darrah took shots at the 20-time King of the
Outlaws in every corner, racing three-wide at times down the backstretch at the
3/8-mile speedway. Kinser finally pulled away to the checkered flag after a
late-race caution cleared traffic, giving him his third victory in four races to
start this season.

“It was a heck of a race,” said Kinser, of Bloomington, Ind., who won for the third
time in his career at Pike County Speedway. “It’s just good to see all of the hard
work this winter has paid off.”

Sides, of Bartlett, Tenn., was racing for his second consecutive World of Outlaws
victory in the Wetherington Tractor Services ride. He went wheel-to-wheel with
Kinser during much of the A-main.

“I couldn’t tell you which lap was which,” said Sides, who had a large contingent of
family and friends in attendance. “I guess the old dog still has a few tricks up his
Darrah, a Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender from Red Lion, Pa., led the
first 11 laps in the Kasey Kahne Racing Great Clips Maxim before Kinser and Sides
swarmed him and turned the rest of the night into a fierce three-car heavyweight

“These guys are my heroes, it was exciting,” Darrah said. “I just overdrove it.”

Joey Saldana in his new Kasey Kahne Racing Red Bull Maxim wound up fourth after
restarting at the tail of the field after he brought out a caution early in the
race. David Gravel rounded out the top five after starting on the pole.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series rolls down the highway to Royal Purple
Raceway (formerly Houston Raceway Park) on Saturday night. Make sure to tune into to listen to all of the action if you can’t be at the
state-of-the-art facility in Baytown, Texas.

Notes for Pike County Speedway:

QUICKTIME - Jason Sides was the nights fastest qualifier at a 14.056, earning five
more championship points.

WINNERS - There have been four World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature event
winners in 2011. They include Steve Kinser (2-Volusia Speedway Park, Pike County
Speedway) and Jason Sides (1-Volusia Speedway Park).

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World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Pike County Speedway; Feb.
25, 2011
A-main (35 laps) - Starting Position [#] 1) 11-Steve Kinser[4] [$10,000]; 2)
7S-Jason Sides[6] [$5,500]; 3) 91-Cody Darrah[2] [$3,200]; 4) 9-Joey Saldana[5]
[$2,800]; 5) 89G-David Gravel[1] [$2,500]; 6) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[8] [$2,300]; 7)
14-Jason Meyers[11] [$2,200]; 8) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[9] [$2,100]; 9) 30C-Lance
Dewease[14] [$2,050]; 10) 7-Craig Dollansky[13] [$2,000]; 11) 15-Donny Schatz[12]
[$1,500]; 12) W20-Greg Wilson[17] [$1,200]; 13) 33-Danny Lasoski[10] [$1,100]; 14)
1-Sammy Swindell[7] [$1,050]; 15) 2B-Ben Gregg[18] [$1,000]; 16) 63-Chad Kemenah[19]
[$900]; 17) 6-Kraig Kinser[15] [$800]; 18) 6R-Bill Rose[16] [$800]; 19) 83-Paul
McMahan[3] [$800]; 20) 24-Terry McCarl[20] [$800]; 21) 10-Terry Gray[21] [$800]; 22)
80-Morgan Turpen[23] [$800]; 23) O9-Timmy Thrash[22] [$800]; 24) OO-Ed Lee[24]
[$800]. Lap Leaders: Cody Darrah 1-11, Steve Kinser 12-35. KSE Hard Charger Award:
Lance Dewease

Qualifying — 1) 7S-Jason Sides 14.056; 2) 89G-David Gravel 14.063; 3) 83-Paul
McMahan 14.063; 4) 91-Cody Darrah 14.100; 5) 11-Steve Kinser 14.138; 6) 1-Sammy
Swindell 14.165; 7) 9-Joey Saldana 14.219; 8) 33-Danny Lasoski 14.237; 9) 15H-Sam
Hafertepe Jr. 14.284; 10) 14-Jason Meyers 14.291; 11) 15-Donny Schatz 14.300; 12)
5W-Lucas Wolfe 14.331; 13) 7-Craig Dollansky 14.354; 14) 30C-Lance Dewease 14.438;
15) 6-Kraig Kinser 14.607; 16) 63-Chad Kemenah 14.669; 17) 6R-Bill Rose 14.776; 18)
W20-Greg Wilson 15.041; 19) 2B-Ben Gregg 15.060; 20) 24-Terry McCarl 15.228; 21)
10-Terry Gray 15.424; 22) O9-Timmy Thrash 15.191; 23) 80-Morgan Turpen 15.732; 24)
OO-Ed Lee 17.262.

Heat 1 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature) — 1) 9-Joey Saldana[2];
2) 7S-Jason Sides[4]; 3) 91-Cody Darrah[3]; 4) 14-Jason Meyers[1]; 5) 7-Craig
Dollansky[5]; 6) 2B-Ben Gregg[7]; 7) 63-Chad Kemenah[6]; 8) O9-Timmy Thrash[8].

Heat 2 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature) — 1) 33-Danny Lasoski[2];
2) 89G-David Gravel[4]; 3) 15-Donny Schatz[1]; 4) 11-Steve Kinser[3]; 5) 6R-Bill
Rose[6]; 6) 30C-Lance Dewease[5]; 7) 24-Terry McCarl[7]; 8) 80-Morgan Turpen[8].

Heat 3 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature) — 1) 15H-Sam Hafertepe
Jr.[2]; 2) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[1]; 3) 1-Sammy Swindell[3]; 4) 83-Paul McMahan[4]; 5)
6-Kraig Kinser[5]; 6) W20-Greg Wilson[6]; 7) 10-Terry Gray[7]; 8) OO-Ed Lee[8].

Keeping Pace

Motorsports correspondent Doug Pace keeps up with motorsports news and notes from around the region.